Our Favourite 2019 Summer Events in Oxfordshire
With summer already here and the school holidays fast approaching, it’s only natural to wonder what you’re going to do over the next few months. Oxfordshire is alive with so many great events it’s hard to choose! We’ve taken on the unenviable task of selecting just five of our favourite summer events in Oxfordshire to share with you. Hopefully, it’ll make planning your summer months just that bit easier.
Battle Proms Picnic Concert at Blenheim Palace – 6th July
Where can you find a more fitting venue for the Battle Proms than Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill? We’d be hard put to find one. Running since 1997, the Battle Proms are the UK’s favourite classical picnic concert series with concerts up and down the country.
What makes the Battle Proms so unique you might ask? The orchestra includes 200 live firing replica Napoleonic canons alongside a range of fireworks and pyrotechnics. The New English Concert Orchestra will be playing a range of classics, including Beethoven’s Battle Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. These two pieces come with the bonus of a cannon accompaniment. The full day’s programme includes air-borne daredevils, a cavalry display, and even a Spitfire flyover. The Battle Proms at Blenheim promises to be a special day of history, music, and spectacle.
Henley Royal Regatta 2019 – 3rd July to 7th July
The Henley Royal Regatta is one of the most famous events in Oxfordshire. It’s also arguably the most beloved Regatta in all the world. Every summer, thousands of spectators flock to the otherwise sleepy town of Henley-on-Thames to enjoy five days of exciting rowing races from professional athletes.
If you need a break from the excitement on the water, there are two event riverside restaurants offering three-course meals throughout the regatta. If you’re looking to explore further, be sure to take a wander through the scenic town of Henley and soak in the ambience that only the Henley Royal Regatta has to offer.
Crowley Road Carnival – 7th July
Oxford’s biggest street party returns for 2019 and promises to be bigger than ever. With humble beginnings going back as far as 2001, the Crowley Road Carnival now receives over 50,000 visitors each year and is an exciting day out for all the family.
With a procession featuring local groups and societies along with businesses and institutions, the Crowley Road Carnival celebrates the diverse culture and community of Oxford. As well as the procession, there are also food stalls, static art and music performances and more to enjoy. The Crowley Road Carnival is all about exploring new ideas and opportunities. So why not take advantage of this opportunity and explore East Oxford’s biggest party.
All proceeds from the carnival go to the Cowley Road Works. A charity that aims to make arts and cultural experiences available to everyone.
Cogges Beer & Cider Festival 2019 – 26th July to 27th July
Cogges Manor Farm – just outside the centre of Witney and only 20 minutes by bus from Hardwick Parks – is hosting its 8th annual beer and cider festival. The event promises two days of delicious drinks, live music and tasty snacks all from local producers.
With a rural festival feel, the Cogges Beer & Cider festival promises over 30 different drinks to try, all produced within a 30 miles radius of the farm. You can’t get much more local than that! All proceeds go to help the Cogges Heritage Trust, so you’ll be helping to keep the manor and farm open to the public while raising a glass to some of the best brews in all of England.
Foodies Festival Oxford – 24th August to 26th August
The touring Foodies Festival is stopping off in Oxford in 2019, bringing with it live music, kids’ activities and – of course – delicious food! You’ll have the opportunity to see some of the UK’s best chefs in action, as well as sample delicious street food, fine wines and a variety of other treats.
There’s also a chilli eating competition and other food challenges to take part in along with a special cookery Kid’s Zone and, new for 2019, a dog arena for your four-legged friends. The Foodies Festival really has something for the whole family.
Musical performances include headlining favourite Scouting for Girls, as well as the Boyzone and Westlife mashup Boyzlife and The Specials frontman Neville Staple’s solo band, The Neville Staple Band.
If you’re looking to escape to the country this summer with a tent, touring caravan or campervan – or perhaps you fancy the luxury of your very own static caravan home-from-home, then Hardwick Parks – ideally located in scenic Oxfordshire parkland – could be just what you’re looking for. With a whole host of onsite activities, including watersports and carp fishing on our very own lakes, there are few places better (in our opinion) to spend a hot summer day. To learn more about Hardwick Parks, visit our website by clicking here.
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